Why Us?

If you’re creating, planning and managing meetings or coordinating travel logistics – experience matters!

We’ve mastered the art of designing creative and seamless meetings and events, and group travel, that deliver proven results!

We are hospitality insiders and understand the big picture!

Experience = Creativity. Our service oriented, Midwest based office team has over 5 decades of combined experience successfully designing and planning corporate meetings, events and group travel. Our expertise ranges from the most private of corporate retreats and board meetings to large global sales recognition events. The average tenure of our Event Managers & Travel Planners is 15+ years, providing extensive knowledge to offer unique solutions AND solve complex and unexpected issues. Let our experience help improve your ROI in your meetings, events and group travel incentives.

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Your Leadership Team

Chris Curry

Founder, President, & CEO of Destinations by Design LLC and owner of George Kun Travel & Incentives (acquired in 2010).

Founded in 2000, Destinations by Design operates as a full service meeting, event and travel planning services company headquartered in Dublin, Ohio and provides client services across the country and globe.

Hands-on and overseeing the day-to-day operations, Chris is highly involved in the design and creative development of client events. With a previous background of 20 years in corporate multi-unit full service restaurant and entertainment operations, Chris leads a hospitality focused Destinations by Design team, driven to deliver measurable results for the clients we serve.

Chris’s Wine and Philanthropy interests pair well as Managing Partner in Napa Dreams LLC, a luxury real estate rental property located in the heart of Napa Valley, California.  This property is marketed almost exclusively for use by non-profit organizations in support of their fundraising efforts.  Napa Dreams is proud to contribute over $150,000 per year to various non-profit groups.

Chris and Destinations by Design has been recognized by Columbus Business First as one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” and “Best Places to Work” in Central Ohio.

Deb Paat

As Director of Operations, Deb is an meeting and event industry insider with over 25 years in corporate event planning.  Deb works closely with Chris Curry, President & CEO and our client partners to design their meetings and events and oversees our event planning team, assigning each client with an experienced event planner.

Prior to joining Destinations by Design in 2007, Deb spent 10 years as Marketing Supervisor for McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters.  Tasked with communicating the company’s brand and message across platforms including strategic marketing, public relations, merchandising and meetings and events, Deb developed expertise in client relationships, budget and organizational management.

Event “activation”, client communication and cost controls are Deb’s strong suit. Throughout Deb’s tenure with Destinations by Design, she has built a long list of happy clients including – Limited Brands, Nestle, Honda, Ikea, Make A Wish, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Scott’s Miracle Gro, and Toyota working on National Sales Meetings, New Product Launches, International Media Events, Employee Training Events, Team Building and Fundraising Events.

Nationally, Destinations by Design LLC has been published and recognized in Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine, Smart Meetings Magazine and Meeting Professionals International.

Sharma Hipkiss

A seasoned veteran in the travel industry for nearly 40 years, Sharma is Director of Travel Services Operations at Destinations by Design/George Kun Travel & Incentives and oversees our National Accounts.  

Group & incentive travel and custom vacations are her specialty.   Understanding our clients have customized needs, Sharma ensures that each traveler’s itinerary is set up for success.  Sharma is an intense advocate for her clients and is able to use her extensive global industry travel knowledge to consult and provide valuable insider tips and information saving clients valuable time, costs and travel headaches.

Realizing today’s travelers have many tools and programs to arrange their own travel, Sharma’s strength is understanding the navigation through the countless programs to successfully book air/ground transportation, accommodations and tours to create dream custom vacations. Prior to 2003, and joining Destinations by Design/George Kun Travel & Incentives, Sharma began her career with an airline company and moved into the travel agency business with American Express Travel, a very large global company where she gained valuable experience working with many international clients and vendors.

No matter where you are in the meeting planning process, our team can provide the precise level of service you need to make your event – and you – successful.
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Meetings ~ Events ~ Incentive Travel

Successfully serving clients since 2000, we are your full service design company providing cost effective & creative planning.

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